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June 24, 2008

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angela

I don't understand why Gordon Brown is terrified that Ken will stand again. I thought he campaigned for Ken and wanted him to win against Boris. Can some kind person enlighten me?

OneHopeOneChoice

"I don't understand why Gordon Brown is terrified that Ken will stand again. I thought he campaigned for Ken and wanted him to win against Boris. Can some kind person enlighten me?"

Two possibilities:

1) Vanessa's source doesn't add up and it is the usual rampant Westminster speculation

2) Gordon wants to win the mayoralty back in 2012 and believes that if Boris has had a major gaffe-free, peaceful 4 years, then Ken doesn't stand a realistic chance and Sugar has the prospect of appealing to suburban and inner-city voters. Remember, Sugar is the man who says that New Labour is basically "old school Tory" (read that as basically "Thatcher") and has deep roots in Hackney. I don't like him and think he would be nothing more than an exceptionally blustery figurehead. Like dearest Boris, depending on your perspective and degree of cynicism.

And in Spanish Inquisition style...

3) Brown, no matter what he said in public, wants to get rid of Ken and "modernise" the London Labour party. Out of all the sections of Labour, the London Party is the one which stands out of line and defies his direction the most: no matter what you think of Diane Abbott and Jon Cruddas, they're the ones who stuck up to the government and wouldn't back down over Iraq and 42 days. Ken's immediate reaction to the collapse of MetroNet was: "I told you so" and Gordon was the one who thrust the PPP scheme on him.

This is just pure speculation, like everything is. Westminster is not inaccessible to people and our beloved "representatives" rarely like to tell us what compromises have been made, why they are really making these decisions and what they really believe: look at the contrast between the CND Blair and Socialist Brown of the 80s with how they are now.

Eurgh, I'm depressed now. I might go read the Audacity of Hope to cheer up.

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